First District Congress candidate Vaughn Ward has joined four Idaho elected officials in signing a pledge to "oppose legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.”
In a news release Tuesday, the free market group Americans for Prosperity, said Ward had signed on. An early signatory was state Treasurer Ron Crane, who signed last year when he was considering running for same job Ward wants, the GOP nomination to face Democrat Walt Minnick.
Crane declined to challenge Minnick last spring. The other Idaho signatories are state Sen. Monty Pearce, R-New Plymouth, state Reps. Lenore Barrett, R-Challis, and Dennis Lake, R-Blackfoot.
“The one thing elected officials should be able to agree on is that global warming shouldn’t be used as an excuse to hike taxes on citizens and businesses,” said AFP Vice President for Policy Phil Kerpen in a news release. “We encourage all of Idaho’s elected officials and candidates for elected office to sign the pledge.”
The House passed s cap-and-trade bill last year, with both Minnick and GOP Rep. Mike Simpson opposed. The Senate has yet to act. Minnick and Simpson have not signed the pledge, nor have Idaho GOP Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch.
AFP calls the House bill "the largest tax increase in American history."
“Using the guise of climate change to transfer dollars from hard-working citizens to bureaucratic big government is unacceptable,” said Kerpen. “Regardless of their stance on global warming, this should be common ground for all of our elected officials at all levels of government.”
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